Greek Isle Ecotourism on Alonissos came as a result of protecting the Mediterranean Monk Seal. Ecotourism has helped establish the largest national protected marine area in Europe and helped educate younger generations of Greeks about the importance of balancing the environment with the economy.
Blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos, Alonissos is an island ideal for those you want to unwind and enjoy leisure walks surrounded by pine forests, olive groves, and orchards. The island is the most remote of the Northern Sporades island group and plays host to the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades, a refuge for rare seabirds, dolphins and the Mediterranean monk seal, monachus monachus.
“Ikos”, as was named the island in antiquity, was first inhabited by Stafylos (meaning grape), the son of Dionysus and Ariadne. This myth explains the island’s strong bonds with viticulture from ancient times until today. Urns bearing the stamp “IKION” were exported all around the ancient world confirming the island’s great fame as an excellent wine-producing region. According to the myth, Pileas, the father of Achilles, was buried on Alonissos. This is the reason why the island’s second name is “Achilliodromia”. Different versions of this name have survived throughout the years: “Hiliodromia”, “Liadromia”, “Diadromia”.
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